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 Richard “Dick” Turpin

Richard “Dick” Turpin

Original Name John Palmer
Birth
Hempstead, Uttlesford District, Essex, England
Death 17 Apr 1739 (aged 33)
York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Burial York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Plot The churchyard is across the road from the church. His grave is at the very back of the churchyard
Memorial ID 9917 · View Source
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Legendary highwayman. Better known as Dick Turpin, he was a notorious highwayman and horse stealer. By the time he was 30 he had committed many crimes of murder and highway robbery, with a reward of £200 being offered for his capture. Turpin fled to Holland, but later returned to the North of England, where he was unknown. Here, he posed as a horse dealer under his mother's maiden name of Palmer. His freedom was short-lived however, and was arrested over a minor incident on the 2nd October, 1738, being sent to jail because he could not afford to pay bail. During investigations, evidence arose of his horse stealing, and he was sent to the Debtor's Prison. Here his true identity was unveiled, and he was hanged on York Tyburn (now part of York Racecourse) on April 7th, 1739 (bio by K. Smith).


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9917
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard “Dick” Turpin (21 Sep 1705–17 Apr 1739), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9917, citing St George Churchyard, York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .